Mentally strong people have healthy habits that set them up for success. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that help them achieve their goals.
A user asked the forum, “What are things only mentally strong people can do?
Here are the best responses.
TAME THEIR ANGER
“Tame their anger in a situation where anger would make things worse.”
STANDING UP FOR YOURSELF
“I don’t mean lashing out in anger or deflecting responsibility. I mean genuinely addressing injustice or wrongdoing in the hope for positive change.”
“Honestly self-reflect, accepting their flaws, and then enact plans to change those flaws while apologizing to those they have hurt along the way.”
ACCEPT CRITICISM AND COMPLIMENTS
“I agree with this. It took me way longer to learn how to smile and say thank you to a compliment than it did for me to learn how to do the same for constructive criticism. Being human can be hard.”
BE A CAREGIVER TO SOMEONE
“My mom developed dementia, and I watched/helped my dad to care for her until we could not provide her with the help that a full-time nurse could. It was HARD. Mentally, physically, emotionally.”
STANDING BY THE TRUTH
“Standing by the truth and taking action and responsibilities. It’s RRR – respect for self, respect for others, and responsibility for your actions.”
ASK FOR HELP, ADMIT MISTAKES, APOLOGIZE
“Doing any of these things – sincerely – requires strength. They’re all hard and yet often overlooked or underappreciated.”
KNOWING WHEN IT’S TIME TO LET GO OF A PET
“Know when to let an animal go and end its suffering. Even when they don’t want to let the pet go, it’s what’s best for the animal.”
LIVING ALONE HAPPILY
“Live alone happily without constantly going out or meeting people all the time. It takes mental fortitude to be alone with your thoughts, process them, embrace them, and when necessary, confront them.”
ACCEPTING WHEN YOU ARE WRONG
“Accepting when you are wrong and moving on. Make a mistake, and don’t do it twice.”
ASKING FOR HELP
“I can proudly say that I am a much stronger person after months of severely struggling with my mental health. And at my lowest point, instead of suicide, I drove myself to the ER, knowing how awful that experience would be. I don’t regret it. It brought me closer to the family and friends who care.”
“You go months not knowing if your family is alive.”
BEING KIND IN THE CRUEL WORLD
“Be kind in a world where being cruel is much easier.”
“Staying silent when people challenge them or their beliefs. Silence is much more threatening than any verbal defense.”
COMMITTING TO PHYSICALLY DEMANDING THINGS
“Commit to something physically demanding that required lots of willpower – like a half marathon or something.”
LETTING GO OF PEOPLE
“Letting go of people in every kind of relationship, friendships, family, intimate relationships.”
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